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The Way You Are

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Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes only a cover, blurb,
buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is
The Way You Are, by Matthew Lang.

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Leon, a shy, self-effacing business student at the University
of Newcastle, starts to visit coma patient Travis ‘Rook’ Rookford, a heterosexual
student who gets gay bashed by a group of bogans. At the hospital, he meets, falls
in love with, and has a lover’s tiff with hunky male nurse Warrick, in that order.
Then, when Rook finally wakes up, Leon is surprised to find Rook convinced
that he and Leon are dating. In the midst of dealing with loving a man in conservative
regional Australia, Rook’s upcoming court appearance and his own studies, Leon has
to come to terms with what he wants, and gets to find out whether every gay man’s
dream of having a hot straight guy fall for you is everything it’s cracked up to
be. And he hasn’t even started Christmas shopping yet.
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Torin

 

Dariel Raye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book,
“Dark Sentinels Book Two. Torin”
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Dariel Raye Publishing
Cover artist: Elise Trissel
Length: 38,908 words
Heat rating: 4 to 5
Tagline: Born to protect, ruled by passion
Blurb:
When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel
land, Torin turns to attorney Stephanie Bates for help, but she’ll need his protection
to stay alive long enough to save his land.
Real estate lawyer, Stephanie Bates, has risen to the top of
her field through meticulous sacrifice and goal setting. She has no time for distractions
– and that includes pets, messy relationships, and loose ends.
Torin DuMont is a forensic scientist who chose the profession
to avoid dealing with people as much as possible. Raised by a stepfather who hated
him, he’s been forced to live a life of solitude, fueled by anger and distrust.
When wolves and shifters start turning up dead, Torin must battle an enemy bent
on destroying those he was born to protect. His greatest challenge, however, is
Attorney Bates and the surprising affect she has on his heart.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages,
and occupations?
Torin DuMont, the hero, is a 30 year old forensic scientist
Stephanie Bates, the heroine, is a 28 year old real estate lawyer

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I used to treat my writing career as a solitary endeavor, but
now I’ve realized the importance and necessity of forming bonds with other writers.
Many of you have become friends, and certainly my best supporters in addition to
readers J
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
Actually, I’m planning to make those changes very soon – edit,
cut, and improve the pacing of the story to re-release it.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
Oprah Winfrey. Her touch is golden, and she sponsors success
by removing barriers.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Less school, more travel, marry a man who adds positive energy
to your life, do whatever it takes to stay healthy, and don’t ever return to your
hometown for more than visits.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Keep a writing and blogging schedule, calendar and to-do list,
and don’t procrastinate. Try to minimize online time to one or two hours a day on
average.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Never as a composite. I like to mix and match the pieces. LOL
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
Piano & Voice instructor, band director, choir director,
mental health therapist, substance abuse counselor, senior high school counselor,
college/career counselor, minister of music, algebra & statistics tutor, educational
consultant.
What message do you want
people to take from your books?
That all life is sacred and valuable, and love truly is worth
risking everything for.
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve read so many, but one that really stands out is “The Mark
of Cain” by A.D. Seeley
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I’m never bored because there’s always a good book to read or
write. I can’t get to them all fast enough! LOL
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with roasted veggies and chicken.
I’m always ready for a great book.
When I’m alone, I take a long shower and pamper myself.
You’d never be able to tell, but I have a terrible temper.
If I had a halo it would be golden
and full of irridescent light.
If I could write without stopping to take care of other things
I’d have 12 published books by now.
I can never seem to get my stories written fast enough
because life keeps slowing me down.

Previous Books

“Vashti’s Star” – 2003

Books Coming Soon

“Gideon’s Light” – “The Alerians – Dark Progeny Series”
“Ishmael” – “Children of Cain Series”
“Aidan’s Will”
“Kalen’s Reprieve”
Dariel Raye

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Worth the Risk

Anne Lange, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Worth the Ris

Genre: Contemporary
Erotic Romance
Publisher: etopia press
Cover artist: Annie
Melton
Length: novella, 26,491
words
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Even the hottest
sex might not be enough to ease the pain of the past…
Blurb: Molly Simpson
arrives at a beautiful provincial park, ready to spend the May Two-Four holiday
camping with friends. This weekend is the highlight of her year–or it was, until
Tanner Daivies showed up. Her high school crush is all grown up, sexy as sin, and
he’s demanding answers–answers Molly isn’t sure she can give him. She had her reasons
for leaving him all those years ago, but now, sex with Tanner is scorching, and
when they’re together, it’s clear they were never meant to be apart. But the past
doesn’t want to stay buried, and Molly isn’t sure reliving it is worth the risk…
Molly Simpson and Tanner
Daivies are the two main characters in Worth the Risk. Both are in their early thirties.
She is a magazine editor and he’s just bought a restaurant.
Buy links:

Interview

How did you get your
start in the industry?
I was bored at work one day and started writing a story. It grew from there.
My only real concern was that I was hitting my mid-forties, and worried it was too
late to start. When I realized I truly wanted to do it, I took many on-line classes,
I joined RWA and some other networks and I started focusing on accomplishing my
goal. Very few people knew what I was up to. Until I got that contract, I was tight-lipped
about the whole adventure.
What is the most
important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started
writing?
The promo, and establishing myself as an author. It’s time consuming but necessary,
and I’m currently struggling with finding the right balance. It’s not easy some
days. But I’m committed to this, so, I’m doing what I have to do to get my name
out there. Things like posting my book cover, doing guest blogs and interviews such
as this to (hopefully) make people aware of who I am and what I’m writing about.
I want to make this work, so I need to creating a solid foundation and following.
If you could change
something about your first book, what would it be?
Worth the Risk is my first book and it’s a novella. Had I known when I started
writing it what I know now, I’d probably make it a full length novel. I’ve had a
few people tell they wanted more. But that’s a good thing right? J
What do you enjoy
most about writing?
The satisfaction I get out of finishing the story. It’s awesome. If it doesn’t
go anywhere, I still feel good about it.
And the people I get to meet, even if it is only online in many cases. I’ve
met some fabulous authors, both new and already established. They are a very supportive
network that I know I can count on to give me advice, celebrate my achievements
and console me when I’m having a rough time. They understand those things my friends
and family can’t.
If you could choose
anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I would have two – Suzanne Brockmann and Lora Leigh. Besides the fact that
they are two of my favourite authors, they have the blend of suspense and erotic
romance that I like. They also have the contemporary and paranormal that I’m looking
for. I would love to spend some time with these two ladies.
What are some jobs
you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
I work full time out
of the house. I’m a Project Management Professional and have been in the industry
for about 25 years. I’ve worked on projects in the nuclear, construction, engineering,
IT, and facility management industries. Currently, I work for the Municipal Government
as an internal consultant doing business and process reviews, and risk management.
What kind of books
do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
90% of the time I read romantic suspense and erotic romance. Most are contemporary
but some paranormal as well. I lean towards shape shifter stories when I go that
route. I do occasionally read some historical – 1800 era – usually the Wild West.
Just not as often as I used to.
What do you think
is the future of traditional publishing?
I think the world of publishing is changing, leaning more towards electronic
first and print second. Personally, my preference will always be a print copy, something
I can hold in my hands and turn the pages. I love curling up on a cold rainy or
wintery day with a hot drink and a good book.
But, I also realize that today, people like convenience and when you can down
load onto your hand held device without leaving the comfort of your home? It’s faster,
cheaper, easier. I also think the digital route is allowing more authors to realize
their dreams sooner rather than later, without having to find agents to help them.
I don’t think I would be published if it wasn’t for this shift in the way things
are happening. Certainly not yet.
What was the proudest
moment of your life so far?
That’s a tough question.
The day I married my husband and the birth of each of my three children are certainly
up there, and I wouldn’t be able to choose one over the others. So, I’ll go with
… the day I got the email that etopia press wanted to publish this story. Why?
Because it’s my very first, and I’ve only been working at this seriously for a relatively
short time. Realizing that I actually accomplished what I set out to do, at this
point in my life, has made me extremely proud of myself. Not only that, it made
my husband very proud of me too. J
Imagine you get to
go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
you go?
Hedo in Negril Jamaica.
I won’t need any clothes so my packing is light. Well, a wrap and maybe a short
dress and my makeup for when I have to go to dinner. LOL.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Christmas. I’m like
a little kid. All the presents, the food, the lights and decorations. I’m very traditional
and I’m a quantity gal. I don’t like putting anything under the tree until everyone
has gone to sleep because I like the surprise of the moment in the morning. And
I absolutely love sitting in a darkened house, looking at a lit tree, surrounded
by wrapped gifts. It’s super quiet, very pretty, and it always makes me think of
my childhood. That’s the best.
What good book have
you read recently?
Double Time by Olivia Cunning. Hot Ticket is next.
What do you like
to do when you’re bored?
I read one of my many,
many, many books.
Please underline
which statement is more like you:
I am a vacation
spa because I am laid back and relaxed
.”
“I am a ten-countries
in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

Anne Lange
I love pizza with tomatoes
and pepperoni
.
I’m always ready for
shoe shopping.
When I’m alone, I’m
happy
.
You’d never be able
to tell, but I’m really, really shy.
If I had a halo it would be not on my head. I can’t stand things on my
head
.
If I could quit my
day job
I’d stay home and write full time.
I can never do that
because my kids like to eat.

Books Coming Soon

I’m working on a couple
of series that I hope to have contracted before the end of the year. One is a paranormal
romantic suspense and the other is contemporary erotic romance. Both would have
a high heat level.

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Serena Clarke, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, All Over the Place.

Genre: Contemporary romantic fiction with a chick lit feel
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 226 pages
Heat rating: Behind closed doors
Tagline: How far would you go to find the place you’re meant
to be?
Blurb:
Livi Callaway has fled back to London
after a reality TV disaster in New
Zealand. Safely anonymous in the big city, she’s
determined to stay under the radar from now on. But her attempts to build a new
life are complicated by unexpected visitors from her old one, and new dangers and
temptations lie in wait.
Late one night, she meets a mysteriously sexy American on the
Underground – and the events that follow take her from Pooh Bear to the golden lights
of Paris, via a
trail of rock stars dead and alive. A family in disarray, a determined Swede, a
crazed Australian, and a childhood friend (who might yet be more than that) have
her all over the place as she tries to discover the American’s secret – while keeping
her own.
With help – and occasional hindrance – from her friends, what
she eventually finds is something unexpected…sometimes, running away can lead
you to exactly what you didn’t know you needed.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Livi Callaway, age 25, hair salon manager. Cam Holden, 27, sexy-smart
economist.
And a mysterious sexy-cool American!

Interview

How did you get your start
in the industry?
I joined the New Writers’ Scheme, part of the Romantic Novelists’
Association in the UK.
One of their published authors critiqued All Over the Place, and her advice helped
to shape it, and ultimately get it accepted by a publisher.
What do you enjoy most
about writing?
When you’re in the flow, and it feels like you’re writing down
the story as it’s being given to you. There’s a definite magic happening in those
times.
If you could choose anyone
to be your mentor who would it be?
The incomparable Nora Ephron. She had such an incredible talent
for getting right to the truth of things, with amazing dialogue and flawed but loveable
characters. I’m so sad we won’t have any more of her stories.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t worry so much about what people think of you! People will
judge no matter what you do, so just go ahead and be yourself.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
Despite a BA in Scandinavian Studies and a Diploma in Equine
Management, I’ve done all kinds of completely unrelated jobs – editing an international
medical journal, developing photos for the Commonwealth Games, temping in a London law firm, teaching English
as a second language to wayward teenagers, and lots more.
What do you think is the
future of traditional publishing?
I wish I knew! But one thing I’m sure of is that however stories
are delivered to readers, we’ll always need people to WRITE them!
What was the proudest
moment of your life so far?
There are lots of proud moments involving my children, of course.
But something just me would be finishing my first book, All Over the Place. Even
if it had never been published, to actually follow it through and FINISH it was
a huge achievement. And I’m very happy it was published of course!
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
I actually have two favourites. One was a trip to Rarotonga, in the South Pacific – to get married! Magical.
The other was a long stint overseas, living in London
and travelling around Europe. Lots of the little
details in All Over the Place come from that time.
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
I don’t think it’s possible for a writer to get bored. There’s
always something to think about. The real problem is turning your brain OFF – which
is a very good problem to have!
If your life became a
movie, who would you want to play you?
Oh, Emily Blunt, definitely. She’s much more elegant than I’ll
ever be, but I’m sure she could do a great New Zealand accent!

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with my children – they love it!
I’m always ready for a new adventure.
When I’m alone, I do my best thinking.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m still making it all up
as I go along
!
If I had a halo it would be somewhere in that pile of unfolded
washing in the corner
.
If I could do one thing from my bucket list I’d spend
an entire spring in Paris
.
I can never get enough of watching my boys running wild on
the beach
because freedom is the most intoxicating thing they know.

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Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile

Today we’re interviewing N Jones, author of The Luminous
Memories of Alexander Vile. Tell us about this book.

In 1891, in the suburbs of Victorian London, a tragedy took
place. Here is a tragic tale compiled by the Maid, who worked her whole life
for Alexander Vile, and his late family. She remembers as she wanders up the
cobbled streets that echo her every footstep and underneath the over-bearing
trees which give her sunless days. She paces through the open market squares
where strangers are living their life as if no event took place, all gathering
to find out about the innovations, all dressed in blacks and greys. While the
world is whizzing by, she reminisces over a chain of events so romantic and so
woeful that you’ll wish you could re-write the ending…
Genre: Historical Fiction
Buy links:
Book is out March 25, 2013

Interview

What is the most
important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first
started writing?
I network! I think networking is important both in terms of
becoming more culturally and inter-culturally aware, but also as you don’t know
who could make impact on your career.
What websites do you
visit daily?
I’m always on Twitter! I check YouTube, Facebook, and Tumblr
regularly too, but Twitter is a guarantee!
If you could change
something about your first book, what would it be?
I would probably research more in-depth at the start of the
project. I would use a plan at the beginning too – boring answer!
What do you enjoy most
about writing?
The freedom! How it takes over your time, every moment is
thinking about that character, the storylines intertwining and where the story
will go. I would say it’s exhausting in a positive way!
If you could choose
anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I would love to say Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, or Stieg
Larsson but unfortunately they are all no more. I would really like to meet
Jeff Lindsay; he wrote/writes the Dexter novels which made a big impact on me!
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t worry; you’ll be more confident in a few years.
How do you cope with
stress as an author?
I’m not sure I’ve reached that level yet! I’ve spent the
majority of the past few years stressed because of University; I think that’s
good preparation for a career in the media – University!
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Not in this novel, but my second novel which I’m currently
writing is a modern story which will feature some of my friends and family
stories and anecdotes, and maybe a character or two will be based on someone I
know!
Which of your books
would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
My debut novel ‘the Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile’,
although is thwarted with suspense, grotesque scenes and a lot of imagery has
an underlining romance about it. Infact the romance scenes are my favourite
moments of the novel and the most personal to write. There’s definitely a
subtle emphasis on the romance elements.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read too many genres! I just finished reading the Great
Gatsby. I plan on reading ‘Persuasion’, the new book from Lucy Robinson and the
latest Dexter book soon!
What was the proudest
moment of your life so far?
Graduating was quite amazing! I think the release date will
be the best day for me though!
What was your favorite
vacation and why?
It was California
– hands down! I loved everything about the place! I saved up my University loan
and wages to go there, and it’s geared me to try and achieve success ever
since!
Favourite Dip?
Hummus!

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Annette Gisby, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Prince’s Guard.
Genre: Gay Romance, M/M Erotic, Fantasy
Publisher: Smashwords
Cover artist: Wicked Cover Designs. Model: Jason Baca, photo
by Portia Shao
Length: Short Story
Heat rating: 5
Tagline: Can a prince ever learn to truly submit?
Blurb:
Prince Dashan has been used to getting things his own way, with
servants to cater to his every whim. As the crown prince, it is essential that he
is protected and he is followed everywhere by his bodyguard, Ryland. Dashan can’t
even head to a tavern with his friends without Ryland somehow turning up and spoiling
his fun.
Dashan disguises himself as a peasant one night and sneaks off
to the brothel that he’s heard rumours about – a brothel that caters for men who
like men. The prince finds it difficult to admit to himself what his true desires
are – he yearns to submit his will to someone else. And Ryland is just the man to
show him what that truly means.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Ryland is a bodyguard and wizard who is twenty eight. Dashan
is the crown prince and is twenty two.

Interview

Tell us about your story’s world. What is it like in this period or place?
This book takes place in what I suppose would be considered an historical fantasy world. It’s similar
to Earth’s medieval period, particularly Scotland (you’ve got to love a man in
a kilt!) but has magic and wizards too.
What inspired you to write this book?
For over four years I was suffering from unexplained dizziness and had been to every Ear, Nose and Throat
department there was, but still they couldn’t figure out what was causing my vertigo.
Last year I finally got to see the right balance specialist (my husband and I discovered
his details on the Internet and took them to the doctor.) I was diagnosed with Migraine
Associated Vertigo. So now, I knew what it was, but it was still a long way from
being cured. As well as dizziness and headaches, it plays havoc with my concentration
and I knew I wouldn’t have the concentration to complete a novel, so I set my sights
on shorter stories.
This was one of my first short stories which had elements of BDSM in it and in my head I played around with
what might have been expected. In my story it’s the prince who is used to ordering
people about who wants to submit to someone else.
Why do you write?
Because I’d go mad if I didn’t! I have all these characters and scenarios around my head and they don’t
leave me be until I’ve written them down either on paper or on a computer screen.
Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
That would be my husband, John. For such a long time I had lots of projects started but not finished. He used
to read my sample chapters, but then he refused to read any more until I’d finished
one of the books. It gave me the impetus I needed to finally get a book done!
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee,
water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration…?)
I have a class of water, notebooks, pens and a Harry Potter calendar. I’ve not had pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration so far, but now you’ve given me ideas ;)
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Most likely reading or playing Dragon Quest 8 on the Playstation. We have so many books there
isn’t room for them on the bookshelves any more. I buy ebooks, but the paper ones
still seem to breed like rabbits.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
I have a bit of an outline in my head and then start writing and see what happens. I love to be surprised and
it’s amazing what turns up on the page or computer screen. Sometimes I feel like
I’m just channeling the characters’ stories.
What’s your writing schedule like?
Non-existent! I have to write when I can, if I have a vertigo attack I can’t do anything but sit still
for the few hours until it passes and I can’t be anywhere near a computer screen.
Most vertigo is caused by inner ear problems and for most people who suffer that,
including my Mum, they feel better when lying down. Migraine vertigo is the complete
opposite, it’s much worse when lying down.
Any advice for new authors?
Read, read and then read some more. If you don’t like reading, I don’t think you’d like writing either. Develop
a thick skin for the rejections and the bad reviews. Not everyone is going to like
what you write, so you should write for yourself first and foremost. Be true to
your own vision.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
Write it down in a notebook or the back of an envelope, whichever spare bit of paper is to hand.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
I’ve been an assistant manager of a shoe shop and worked in a bookshop.
What’s the best gift you ever received?
That would be when my husband John took me one Valentine’s Day to an art house cinema that was showing
all of the Lord of the Rings movies back to back. Yes, there were breaks in between
so we could eat and use the bathroom!
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
I’d love to go to the Middle Ages and meet Robin Hood and Maid Marion. But since they’re probably fictional,
early 20th century to meet Emily Pankhurst. That must have taken a lot of
guts to fight for women’s votes.
Do you play any musical instruments?
I used to play the recorder at school but my husband has just recently bought a guitar so we both might try
and learn that too.
What’s your favorite movie?
Lord of the Rings. I’m not sure I should admit how many times I’ve seen it. Yes, it’s one movie in my mind.
One very long movie ;) My obsession with the films led us to New Zealand and the basis for our book, New Zealand
with a Hobbit Botherer. As John was trying his best to see New Zealand, I was
dragging him around lots of the different filming locations.
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
Eldest child, with two brothers and one sister.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with no cheese, but lots of pepperoni.
I’m always ready for anything.
When I’m alone, I sometimes dance.
You’d never be able to tell, but I once met Daniel Radcliffe
on a trip to New York. He signed
my program after Equus and he was very polite, speaking to nearly everyone in the
line.
If I had a halo it would be slipping.
I can never get comfortable in bed because of my vertigo.
Four pillows and an adjustable bed and I still can’t sleep properly
.

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